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Signs taken at hometown

Now enjoying my 1 month break back to where I grew up, there are some pictures that I would like to share. Many things have changed, but sadly, some of those which need changes desperately may have not. I was surprised to see signs like what I took in the first picture (file 001.jpg) through out my trip. Hopefully I will see much less of this kind in the future. Well, question time:

1: What kind of message the first sign is trying to convey?

2: Can you think of one 成语 or 四字俗语 which is related to this sign?

To relax a bit after the somewhat heavy topic, please take a look at the second sign (file 002.jpg), and try to answer these simple questions:

1: I can think of at least two ways to interpret the sign, how about you?

2: There is a joke related to this sign, can you find it?

skylee

Caution

It seems that I keep posting pictures about trees.

Here is another one that I took today. What has happened to this tree?

On the other side of the tree there was the same notice but in English. And I learnt from the English notice that what had affected the tree was not what I had thought as I had misunderstood the relevant Chinese word. Guess what it is?

jbradfor

Big Red Sign

My turn to take the signese car for a spin. [Thanks Roddy!]

Two (easy?) questions:

  1. Where was this taken?
  2. What is it for?

skylee

Money exchange

This is easy. Just point out what is wrong in this picture.

If you can't figure it out, take a look at this older thread.

The two pictures were taken in different places. The one here was in Granada, Spain. The one in the older thread was in Rome, Italy. Perhaps they hire the same publicity agency in Southern Europe?

skylee
I am back from a short trip to Shanghai and these are two of the pictures I took during a visit to the China Pavilion of the Expo 2010 site.
Observation 1 - I wonder if everyone (e.g. Chinese learners and users of simplified script) sees what Chinese character the logo next to the words "中國館" represents ...
Observation 2 - the name of the kid who did that painting is quite unusual in my opinion. I had never seen such a surname before, and the given name is just too good. Your view?
skylee
You know where this place is, don't you?
When I first saw this tram I was quite surprised as the Chinese name was right on the first car. It took me a few attempts to take this picture, as I guess there is only one like this and I am not the kind who has a camera in hand ready to take pictures all the time. As far as I know there are different Chinese versions of the city's name. But if this name is good enough for the city it is good enough for me. (But I can't explain why I feel differently about Seoul's Chinese name.)
An irrelevant question - why do Asian (Japanese, Hong Kong, Taiwan) young people (or younger people) like to take pictures of the food they order with sophisticated big cameras in restaurants? Is it just to show off their cameras?
roddy
Which of these services might you expect to get a Mickey Mouse service from? And where (you might need to strain the eyes a bit) might you expect them to get a lot of their customers from?
skylee
I took these last weekend. That triangle sign, I just don't understand why we need it, and would appreciate it if someone could explain it to me. And the red sign reminded me of a poem of 李白. Which one do you think it was? The last one is the name of a ruin up on a hill.
Enjoy.
roddy
There were two words here I hadn't seen before. What were they.
And in case I forget to come back and tell you, they were . . .
Apologies, as usual, for the quality.
skylee
This is a notice on a tree. What has happened to it? What will happen to it? And what after that?
roddy
Sorry for not posting any Signese lately. 乐不思蜀.
Sorry also for the quality of this one - mobile phone photo taken through the sliding doors of a subway. Should be legible, although I'll help you out with the last character - it's the traditional version of 价.
Your question - what brand is being advertised?
roddy
From the inside of a Hong Kong minibus - can you, in order of amounts of money referred to, list and explain the various notices. No prizes for the No Smoking one, except perhaps a consolation 'we know you're trying' star sticker.
roddy
A set of photos from the Guangzhou subway, with thanks to xuefang. A lot have English on so I won't propose any questions - but feel free to print them out and recreate that genuine Chinese subway feeling at home.
skylee
I am staying in a cheap hotel in Hongkou, Shanghai as a friend is staying here. The hotel works hard to be a good hotel and it is quite nice really. I took this picture at the breakfast yesterday morning. I think this is a bit sad, but of course it is funny too.
roddy
A fine bit of marketing blarney.
1) What two things would an Irishman not joke about?
2) What two things does the company want to bring to the young of Taiwan?
and, er,
3) Which former US Vice-President am I emulating?
skylee
I went by train to recce a place where I will have to go to later, and on my way back I stopped at my university to take a look. These are the pictures I took during the journey. Nothing particularly interesting. I like that window slogan (that is the spirit of an ideal man haha) and the plants behind the banner. And don't you find all those rules at the pond amusing?
This is not relevant to the pictures. I could not find my university when I arrived at the University train station. I saw a bus terminus, a Hyatt hotel next to a brand new building but I could not see Chung Chi College or the New Asia and United water towers. Of course soon I found out that I had exited on the other side of the station. I had not been there for over a decade and I no longer know the place. Sigh.
skylee
I spent last weekend in Bangkok and took these pictures. The one with the bottles is a gem, though the other two are not very interesting, but at least they are new. Enjoy.
roddy
1) Roughly, (or as accurately as you can translate it) what was consumed?
2) What does the establishment request you do not do in order to avoid disorder?
3) I'm not even sure this is possible, but - find a picture of the restaurant and perhaps even dishes . . .
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